There are lots of side hustles for introverts.
Generally speaking, introverts feel more comfortable focusing on their inner thoughts and ideas, rather than what’s happening externally.
Introverts often feel drained by large social interactions and need time to recharge by spending time alone. Many introverts prefer working in solitude or with limited interaction.
Fortunately, the digital age offers lots of opportunities for introverts to earn money with an online side hustle without needing to step outside your comfort zone.
Here are five online side hustles that are perfect for introverts (spoiler: we’ve tried them all and number 5 makes us the most money).
1. Freelance Writing and Blogging
Writing allows you to convey ideas, stories, and information without direct personal interaction. Whether you’re writing articles, e-books, or blog posts, there’s a vast market for written content. And the solitary nature of writing makes it a perfect side hustle for introverts.
How to Start
Begin by identifying your niche or area of expertise. It ought to be something that you have deep knowledge about, are passionate about, or both.
That said, you’ll make the most money by writing about the things people care most about: wealth, relationships, health and wellness, and travel. You may have noticed that this blog is about two of those: wealth and travel!
Websites like Medium, Blogger, or WordPress are great platforms to start a blog. This one is built on WordPress.
Anyone interested in making money from home by blogging should definitely check out this course. We took it after blogging for a couple months and wish we had taken it before we started. It provides a step-by-step guide to creating a blog that will make you money working from home. Check it out by tapping or clicking here.
For freelance writing, platforms like Upwork, Freelancer, and ProBlogger Job Board can help you find clients. Just search for freelance writing gigs.
And by the way, don’t be discouraged by the advent of ChatGPT. AI tools can create lots of content, but it takes a human touch to make that content relatable and readable. Most writers think of ChatGPT the same way we do a word processor: a tool that simply makes our job easier.
Pay varies widely based on skill, experience, and niche.
Some freelance writers earn anywhere from $50 to $500 per article, while consistent bloggers can earn through ads and sponsorships.
But most bloggers (including us!) earn most of our money from affiliate marketing links. More about that in Side Hustles for Introverts #5 below!
2. Graphic Design
If you have an eye for design, becoming a freelance graphic designer might be your calling. From logos to web designs, businesses are always looking for talented designers.
How to Start
Build a portfolio to showcase your work.
Websites like Behance or Dribbble can help you display your designs.
You can also find freelance gigs on platforms like Upwork, 99designs, or Fiverr.
Rates can range from $20 for small tasks to $1000+ for larger projects.
3. Online Tutoring or Courses
Teaching online can be less socially intensive than face-to-face interactions.
Whether it’s academics, a hobby, or professional skills, if you’re knowledgeable in a particular field, there’s likely someone willing to pay to learn from you.
How to Start
Platforms like VIPKid, Chegg Tutors, or Udemy allow you to either tutor students or create and sell courses on a any topic.
Potential Earnings: Tutors can earn anywhere from $10 to $60 per hour, while course creators can earn more, depending on the popularity and pricing of their courses.
4. Drop Shipping or E-Commerce
Selling products online, either through dropshipping or your e-commerce store, is a great side hustle for introverts. But we know from firsthand experience that it’s hard work!
How to Start
Websites like Shopify or WooCommerce allow you to set up your online store. For dropshipping, platforms like Oberlo or AliExpress are popular. You can check out our article Amazon Private Label FBA: Things You Should Know Before You Start to get a primer on starting an Amazon seller business.
Here are other articles we’ve written about selling on Amazon:
Profits can vary widely based on product choice, pricing, and advertising.
We’ve grossed well into the seven figures with Amazon FBA, but our net profits have been in the six figures..
5. Affiliate Marketing
Imagine telling your friends about a cool product or a service you love.
Now, imagine getting paid every time one of your friends buys that product because you recommended it.
That’s basically affiliate marketing.
You promote a product online, and when someone buys it through your unique link, you get a commission. It’s like a thank-you from the company for bringing them a customer.
How to Start
Join affiliate programs of products or services you’re familiar with. Amazon Associates, ClickBank, and Commission Junction are good places to start.
Then you promote these products/services on your blog, social media, YouTube channel, or even through niche websites.
The best way to get started in affiliate marketing by taking a 15-day challenge that only costs $7!
That’s how we learned.
It’s called Legendary Marketer, and you can read more about it in this article: Make Money Online as a Freelance Affiliate Marketer.
Earnings vary depending on the product and commission structure. Some affiliates earn a few dollars per sale, while others can earn hundreds.
Our advices is to look at high ticket affiliate marketing. This means promoting expensive items. That way you get paid hundreds of dollars per transaction rather than a couple bucks.
Bottom Line – 5 Online Side Hustles for Introverts
The online world offers vast opportunities for introverts to monetize their skills without the need for intense social interaction.
By exploring these side hustles, introverts can not only earn a good income but also build a career that resonates with their personality and comfort level and provide not just financial freedom, but, more importantly, time freedom!
(Yes, some of these are affiliate links but we have affiliate relationships with these brands because we have used them and they work!)
- Legendary Marketer 15-day affiliate marketing challenge. For $7 you can take a 15-day challenge to see if affiliate marketing is right for you.
- LisaReidmiller.com. Lisa’s guide to getting started with affiliate marketing.
- Blogging Fast Lane. We took this course early into our days of blogging and it taught us step-by-step how to set up a blog that converts for affiliate revenue.
- Read our article: What is Affiliate Marketing – And How Do I Get Started?
- Read our article: Make Money Online as a Freelance Affiliate Marketer
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